Tasting

Annelies Zijderveld - STEEPED: Recipes Infused with Tea

Event date: 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market 700 Magazine St. (corner of Girod), New Orleans, LA 70130

Get ready to be Infused and join Octavia Books for a Saturday morning at the Crescent City Farmers Market featuring Annelies Zijderveld signing and giving samples from her new cookbook, STEEPED: Recipes Infused with Tea, bringing the flavors and fragrances of tea to the table in 70 freshly brewed recipes.

Get your oolong on! From morning eats to evening sweets, Steeped infuses your day with the flavors and fragrances of tea.

Dale Curry - GUMBO

Event date: 

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a presentation, signing, and tasting celebrating the release of Dale Curry's GUMBO, a Savor the South® cookbook. Dale will be bringing samples of her chicken and andouille gumbo.

Recalling childhood visits to her grandmother's house in New Orleans, where she would feast on shrimp and okra gumbo, Dale Curry offers fifty recipes—for gumbos, jambalayas, and those little something extras known as lagniappe—that will put Louisiana taste and hospitality on your table.

"Gumbo" calls to mind the diverse culinary traditions of Louisiana that, like gumbo itself, are simmered from elements of the many cultures circulating in the state. Drawing historically from French, African, Caribbean, Native American, Spanish, Italian, and other culinary sources, the Creole and Cajun cooking featured in Gumbo embraces the best of local shellfish, sausages, poultry, and game.

Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - mother/daughter author duo storytelling, cooking demo & booksigning

Event date: 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Celebrate Spring with children's picture book author Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - storytelling and a cooking demo! Dianne will tell an "egg-cellent" story while Kid Chef Eliana demonstrates 3 ways to use boiled eggs.

Edwin Garrubbo - SUNDAY PASTA

Event date: 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a presentation, tasting and signing with Edwin Garrubbo featuring SUNDAY PASTA: A Year Around the Table with Family and Friends.

SUNDAY PASTA is Ed's new cookbook featuring a year of weekly pasta recipes, each with an accompanying expert wine paring and beautiful photography. The book includes 54 recipes, arranged by season, with personal musings, fresh insights about key Italian ingredients, a guide to pasta shapes and sizes, and a handy Italian food glossary.

Joy Bateman - THE ART OF DINING IN NEW ORLEANS 2

Event date: 

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us in celebrating the book launch of author/illustrator Joy Bateman's THE ART OF DINING IN NEW ORLEANS 2, a restaurant guide with signature recipes.

Three of the restaurants featured in the book will be providing some delicious tastes:

Eat
900 Dumaine Street
Blue Cheese and Fig Torte

Pascal's Manale
1838 Napoleon
Shrimp Remoulade

High Hat Cafe
4500 Freret
Pimento Cheese Canape with Pickled Okra

 

Joy Bateman combines her love of art and passion for good food to create The Art of Dining® books, each filled with her beautiful paintings and highlighting the best recipes from the South’s leading restaurants.

The Art of Dining® in New Orleans 2 is her second book about New Orleans’ truly unique, diverse and delicious cuisine. Recipes are provided by New Orleans’ restaurants from Acme to Venezia, and Joy’s insights and personal reminiscences make The Art of Dining in New Orleans 2 a treat for locals and tourists alike, and a wonderful gift for any occasion.

 

Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna - FUN, FUNKY, AND FABULOUS: New Orleans' Casual Restaurant Recipes

Event date: 

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
New Orleans, LA 70115-2055
The best thing about the cuisine of New Orleans is that it is alive. And because it is alive, it is always changing. . . . And the exciting consequence of our willingness to change is that our cuisine remains fresh and reflective of our present. Our food always was and it remains, fun, funky, and fabulous, not to mention delicious, inventive, and unique. . . . [This] book would make a handy guide to local neighborhoods and where to eat in each of them, besides being a great cookbook full of recipes that can actually be made in the home kitchen.”
—From the introduction by Liz Williams, executive director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

 

Please join us for the bookstore release of Jyl Benson's splendid new local cookbook, which truly is FUN, FUNKY & FABULOUS. She and photographer Sam Hanna will be signing copies; and chef Michael Nirenberg with Fulton Alley is preparing his incredible Andouille Tots shown on the cover.

Filled with folksy art and creative recipes from affordable restaurants captured in tantalizing photographs—with tidbits of history thrown in as lagniappe—author Jyl Benson serves up just the right taste of this fascinating and ever-evolving city. Included are neighborhood favorites such as MoPho, Purtoo, Toup’s Meatery, Lola, Bhava, and Juan’s Flying Burrito: A Creole Taqueria.

 

Jyl Benson began her editorial career with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and served as a regional reporter for both the New York Times and Time magazine. A native New Orleanian and passionate home cook since childhood, she serves as curator of community affairs for the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, as food and dining editor for Avenue magazine, and as a roving reporter for the radio show Louisiana Eats!  She is also the author with Melvin Rodrigue of GALATOIRE'S COOKBOOK: Recipes and Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant.

Originally from London, resident New Orleans photographer Sam Hanna began his career in Detroit. He specializes in culinary styling and photography from his studio, Hanna Foto. 

Stanley Dry & Eugenia Uhl - THE ESSENTIAL LOUISIANA COOKBOOK (Launch!)

Event date: 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a presentation, signing and tasting celebrating the launch of Louisiana Life's THE ESSENTIAL LOUISIANA COOKBOOK featuring author Stanley Dry and photographer Eugenia Uhl on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:00 P.M.

A stunning collection of 50 traditional (and some non-traditional) Louisiana recipes. An absolute must-have for your kitchen or a perfect gift for a Louisiana food lover

Louisiana is one of the few places in America that has retained its distinct culinary identity. Cajun and Creole mix with French, Spanish, African, Native American, Caribbean, and German cultures, among others, to create a tasty gumbo simmered in a flavorful roux of history and finished with a healthy dose of political hot sauce--pick your favorite brand. Author Stanley Dry--Louisiana Life "Kitchen Gourment" columnist, former senior editor of Food & Wine magazine and accomplished cook--brings all of the history, culture, and spice together in his first book, THE ESSENTIAL LOUISIANA COOKBOOK.

 

Stanley DryStanley Dry writes the “Kitchen Gourmet” column for Louisiana Life magazine. Formerly senior editor of Food & Wine magazine, he is co-author of Gulf South, published by Compass American Guides. His articles on  food, cooking, wine, restaurants and travel have appeared in Food & Wine,  Travel & Leisure, The New York Times and Acadiana Profile, among others.  He lives in New Iberia.

 

 

Eugenia UhlEugenia Uhl is a native New Orleanian. Her photographs have been featured in New Orleans Magazine, Southern Accents, Metropolitan Home, GQ Magazine, Essence, Travel & Leisure and Vegetarian Times. Her clients include Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, International House Hotel, Volunteers of America, Galatoire's, and Tulane University. She has completed multiple cookbooks, including Commander's Kitchen for Commander's Palace and New Orleans Home Cooking by Dale Curry, Pelican Publishing.

Chef Cal Peternell - TWELVE RECIPES (Crescent City Farmers Market)

Event date: 

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market
700 Magazine St. (corner of Girod St.)
70130 New Orleans
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Twelve Recipes

Chef Cal Peternell will be with us at the Crescent City Farmers Market, Saturday, November 15, 8:30-10:30 A.M., to share insight and sign his book, TWELVE RECIPES.

In this charmingly written, beautifully photographed and illustrated cookbook, the chef of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse offers basic techniques and essential recipes that will transform anyone into a confident home cook

When Cal Peternell, the chef at Berkeley's legendary Chez Panisse, was helping his oldest son pack his things for college and beyond, he naturally set him up with the gear for a new kitchen: a nice skillet, a decent knife, a cutting board, and a colander. He also started writing. Just twelve recipes at first--reminders of foods they'd cooked together and enough to put together some good meals--but what started as a cookbooklet from a father for his sons has become, luckily for the rest of us, Twelve Recipes a baker's dozen chapters on how to cook and eat well.

Standards--toast, eggs, beans--are renewed with simple elegance and wit. More advanced and adventurous dishes are made accessible. Variations are allowed for and encouraged, rules are well explained and unenforced. Twelve Recipes is a cookbook that will get you into the kitchen and get your friends around the table; an essential and versatile book of recipes, and a book to read with pleasure in and out of the kitchen.

 

Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey where his family tended vegetable gardens and raised an assortment of livestock. Convivial family dinners were a focal point of every day, when homegrown seasonal produce, eggs, and meats were enjoyed, opinions and stories shared. After graduating with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Cal and his wife, artist Kathleen Henderson, moved to Lucca, Italy, to pursue their art careers. While in Italy, the pervasive culture of food and wine was so seductive that, upon his return to the states, Cal embarked on a cooking career that started at Bix in San Francisco, continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and came back to San Franciso for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller's Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been a chef in the cafe since 2001, and over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013, a position he holds for six months of the year and shares with another chef. Cal and Kathleen have three sons.

The Cake Mix Doctor - ANNE BYRN SAVES THE DAY!

Event date: 

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market
700 Magazine St. (corner of Girod St.)
70130 New Orleans
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Ann Byrn Saves the Day

Anne Byrn, aka "The Cake Mix Doctor," celebrates the release of her new book, ANNE BRYN SAVES THE DAY! - 125 Guranteed-to-Please, Go-to Recipes to Rescue Any Occasion, at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market. Byrn will sign books and do a Halloween-themed demo (we hear pumpkin and chocolate are involved)!

It's Anne Byrn to the rescue! A problem-solver extraordinaire, Anne Byrn knows what every too-busy cook knows. There are a gazillion recipes in the world, but the right recipe, the recipe that always works, the lifesaving recipe for when times are crazy that s priceless. Save the Day Cookbook presents 125 of these guaranteed tried-and-true recipes for every occasion. Whether they are Anne Byrn's own family favorites or collected from her network of fans across the country, these go-to recipes include easy appetizers for a party or potluck Bacon and Cheddar Torte, Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Witowski; mains to feed a family or a crowd, from fast-to-fix Shrimp and Cheese Grits to do-ahead, no-fuss Ina's Sweet- and-Sour Brisket; salads perfect for entertaining the book club, including Grilled Tuna Salade Nic, oise and Libby's Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salad; sides that please everyone; and desserts that don't take a week to assemble, like Veronica's Mocha Cake, Lemon Snow Pudding, Ella's Easy Peach Pie. Upbeat in attitude (it's going to be okay, really) and with full-color photos throughout, the Save the Day Cookbook will be one that readers will turn to again and again. And for not only its recipes but its ideas too, including money-saver tips, menu and serving suggestions, Razzle-Dazzle variations, do-ahead notes, and much more. Your day is saved. And you're welcome.

Dane Huckelbridge - BOURBON: A History of the American Spirit

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a presentation, tasting, and book signing with writer Dane Huckelbridge featuring  his new book, BOURBON: A History of the American Spirit. This is popular history with a whiskey-soaked edge––an artful and imaginative biography of our most well–liked and, at times, controversial spirit that is also a witty and entertaining chronicle of the United States itself.

We are happy to have Tales of the Cocktail as a co-sponsor of the event.

Few products figure as prominently or as intimately in the American experience as bourbon whiskey, and with good reason: the iconic Kentucky spirit is the American experience, distilled, aged, and sealed in a bottle. Its primary ingredient––corn––was discovered by Christopher Columbus and is indigenous to the Americas. Jamestown settlers, impatient with irregular supplies of Scotch and Irish whiskey from England, became the first to experiment with distilling corn–based whiskey. George Washington ran one of the country’s largest whiskey distilling operations at Mt. Vernon, making him a Founding Father of both the USA and bourbon. Kentucky–born Abe Lincoln received a liquor license in 1833, and Civil War soldiers on both sides liberally imbibed before, during, and after battle. With an influx of Scots–Irish immigrants, bourbon’s recipe was perfected on the Appalachian frontier, and it later made its way to cowboy saloons out West. While Prohibition sought to curtail drinking, it only expanded its reach, as speakeasies welcomed women and made drinking more fashionable than ever. Bourbon consumption reached record heights––both at home and abroad––as America came of age as a superpower after WWII and labels like Jack Daniels became global brands. Bourbon made the West wild, the ‘20s roar, and ‘60s rock music roll. Today the story has come full circle, as we have seen a renewed appreciation of craft–distilled bourbon that’s produced in much the same was as it was 150 years ago.

Shockingly, until now, there exists no comprehensive and accessible history of this popular, wholly American liquor. Every other book about bourbon has amounted to a cocktail manual, a textbook history, or detailed descriptions of particular whiskeys. But in BOURBON, writer Dane Huckelbridge is the first to tell the incredible tale of this nationally unique product by going back over three hundred years and tracking the origins of the Kentucky whiskey up through the international multi–billion dollar industry it’s become today. Treating bourbon as a lens for better understanding the elusive character of the nation that engendered it, Huckelbridge finally gives the spirit the starring role in our history it so richly deserves.

Dane Huckelbridge is a writer from the American Middle West. His fiction and essays have appeared in various magazines and journals, including Tin House, The New Delta Review, and The New Republic.  At present, Dane makes his home in New York City.

 

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